Free­man on…

This is­sue Michael re­veals how to shoot strik­ing and orig­i­nal travel pho­tos

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The broad idea of travel has a long and in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship with the cam­era. By the mid­dle of the 19th cen­tury, pho­tog­ra­phy had be­come prac­ti­ca­ble, although by to­day’s stan­dards im­mensely la­bo­ri­ous. The weight of the equip­ment, and the dif­fi­culty and un­cer­tainty of pre­par­ing and pro­cess­ing plates on lo­ca­tion, did not de­ter scores of pho­tog­ra­phers from set­ting out to cap­ture the world. They had a prac­ti­cal mo­tive for this, be­cause the in­ven­tion of the new medium co­in­cided, more or less, with an in­sa­tiable de­mand in the West to know how the world looked – its mon­u­ments, land­scapes, cul­tures. Travel pho­tog­ra­phy aimed to sat­isfy that de­mand, and has been do­ing it ever since.

The ma­jor dif­fer­ence nowa­days is that mil­lions of people do it for them­selves – they no longer have to rely on other people to de­liver the im­ages they crave. They travel to in­creas­ingly ex­otic coun­tries, and they take pho­to­graphs of th­ese des­ti­na­tions. If you have any pro­fes­sional am­bi­tions, this raises the bar, be­cause you need to go fur­ther cre­atively and vis­ually in or­der for your pho­to­graphs to stand out from the mass of travel im­agery out there.

For com­mit­ted pho­tog­ra­phers, a trip over­seas is an op­por­tu­nity – maybe the only one of the year – to re­ally con­cen­trate on shoot­ing and to focus on fresh sub­jects that can help re­ju­ve­nate our en­thu­si­asm. A suc­cess­ful trip be­gins with plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion (see page 83 for our pack­ing guide), but once you’re on the road, what counts the most is a will­ing­ness to look at ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing in a new des­ti­na­tion with a fresh and cu­ri­ous eye.

The Pak Ou caves, on the Mekong river in Laos, are filled with thou­sands of stat­ues of Bud­dha, cap­tured here from an un­usual and very ar­rest­ing view­point

Our glo­be­trot­ting Con­trib­u­tor at Large, renowned pho­tog­ra­pher and pro­lific au­thor Michael Free­man, presents a monthly masterclass that’s exclusive to

N-Photo. Michael has pub­lished dozens of books on pho­tog­ra­phy, in­clud­ing the best­selling Per­fec­tEx­po­sure.

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